Good news for those who would like to lose weight and don’t like lifting heavy metals. A study has just found out that doing cardio is better than strength training for our metabolism, the process by which our body converts food into energy.
The benefits of both kinds of exercise weren’t denied. While strength training is known to burn more calories, the study proved that exercises such as running, swimming, cycling are better for our metabolism.
The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight, which involved 10 men who were divided into two groups; cardio and strength training groups.
Those in the cardio group completed a one-hour long session on bicycles. Those in the strength training group did a one-hour long session of weight training involving the main muscle groups in the body.
After completing the exercise, blood samples were taken to measure the levels of lactic acid, bile and blood sugar in the participant’s blood. These were compared to the samples taken before the exercise.
The result found out that the Cardio group had a significant boost in the production of the hormone FGF21, which has a positive effect on metabolism.
The higher the body’s metabolism, the higher the calories that are burned at rest. In this regard, this is beneficial for weight loss.
You can choose which either works best for you depending on your fitness goals but if you are trying to lose some weight then you should consider going for cardio.